February is the month of ♥ LOVE ♥, Valentine’s Day makes it “official”, but so does its loftier designation as American Heart Month! Retailers have been showering us with red hearts and romantic notions as soon as the last chorus of Auld Lang Syne was sung but, besides a luscious box of chocolates and bouquet of red roses, give your sweetheart(s) a gift straight from the heart, by treating them to a brunch filled with delicious recipes to help boost heart health this February and raise awareness for American Heart Month.
With campaigns like Go Red for Women, National Wear Red Day and Tell 5 Women About Heart Disease, the American Heart Association hopes to increase awareness and educate women on the reality of heart disease as well as encourage them to put their health first. Why is the American Heart Association focusing on women when according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death among men and women in the United States? Because heart disease is still largely thought to be a man’s problem, yet, it is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year, more than all forms of cancer put together. However, heart disease and stroke are largely preventable if you understand and work to lower your risks. Simple steps to take include practicing healthy lifestyle habits such as proper nutrition and daily exercise. These lifestyle changes, along with not smoking, can help cut your odds of having a heart attack by 92% (Source: Woman’s Day, February 2012).
When I was approached by Eggland’s Best to organize an EB Brunch for National Heart Health Month, I didn’t hesitate for a moment. While working toward my certification in Family and Consumer Sciences (aka Home Economics), I learned in my nutrition classes that eggs are the most complete natural food and are not the dietary demons they were cracked up to be – eggs contain 6 grams of protein, healthful unsaturated fats, and are a good source of choline and lutein. Back in 2006 Harvard Medical School separated Fact from Myth regarding egg nutrition and heart disease in their publication.
Eggs can be incorporated into a heart-healthy diet, and are one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat. Eggland’s Best eggs contain more than 2X the heart healthy Omega-3 fatty acids than ordinary eggs, 2X more Vitamin D and 10X more Vitamin E, a vitamin associated with reducing the risk of heart disease. I seriously LOVE eggs and find that a hard boiled egg for breakfast sticks with me longer than oatmeal or my homemade granola. On the weekends, Don and I enjoy a more leisurely breakfast/brunch and I jazz up poached eggs with other deliciously healthy ingredients like crispy kale and smoked salmon (both shown above, click on the photo to go to the recipe). I’m fortunate to have a lot of foodie friends who also care about heart health and brought one of their favorite eggy brunch dishes to my “Be Mine” Brunch for you to enjoy If you’d like the recipe, just click on the title. Oh, and there’s a GIVEAWAY, too! Eggland’s Best has generously offered a gift pack of goodies to a lucky reader. See the Important Details below.
This blueberry stuffed french toast is a proven crowd pleaser! ~ Creative Culinary ~
Just look at those gorgeous tomatoes! A tart after your heart – rich in antioxidants and packed with flavor! ~ Geez Louise ~
Weekends were made to linger over homey individual servings of baked crispy hash browns, topped with your favorite omelet ingredients and eggs. ~ Never Enough Time ~
Don’t let this French sauce intimidate you – a classic mornay sauce is easy to make and, with poached eggs, is an elegant dish that let’s you revel in a lazy morning. ~The Ardent Epicure ~
A bit of citrus adds zest and vibrant color and serves as a refreshing accompaniment to unctuous eggy dishes. ~A Communal Table ~
Polenta cooks quicker than stone ground grits, either way, you’ll find the comfort of home beneath the smoky bacon and glorious baked egg. ~ Bibberche ~
Garden fresh zucchini and spring onions, chopped and sautéed, then layered over three fresh eggs. Finished with sprinkle of goat cheese feta. ~ Rustic Garden Bistro ~ Spaghetti Pancake
Don’t be put off by the name, this egg frittata is hearty, savory and delicious. ~ A Beach Home Companion ~ Fried Egg with Cilantro Pesto
Brilliant green cilantro pesto spruces up your fried egg just fine. Over toast, or a corn tortilla, this makes one fine breakfast treat. ~ Shockingly Delicious ~ Baked Eggs with Asparagus and Mushrooms
Easy, fast, fluffy and light – a simple way to feed a crowd for a brunch or get together. It’s also a vegetarian friendly dish, but you can easily add diced ham or chopped cooked bacon to the dish before baking. ~ Kitchen Runway ~
NOW, for the details on the GIVEAWAY!
1. Mandatory entry: Like She’s Cookin’ on Facebook and tell me in a comment below that you did and what your favorite egg dish is. 2. For a BONUS entry: Like Eggland’s Best on Facebook. 3. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and will close at 10:00 p.m. Sunday, February, 12, 2012. A winner will be selected using Random.org and notified via email and Facebook message since I’ve had some problems with emails going into spam because I’m not in your address book The winner will have until 10:00 p.m. Monday, February 13th to respond or another winner will be selected. Eggland will send you coupons and the same box of goodies that I received (the cute egg-shaped cutting board and plush egg are perfect for kids in the kitchen):
- 1 EB Apron
- 1 EB Spatula
- 1 EB Whisk
- 1 EB Cutting Board
- 1 EB Mixing Bowl
- 1 EB Bowl Scraper
- 1 EB Coffee Mug
- 1 Plush Egg
- 1 EB Tote Bag
Disclosure: Eggland’s Best compensated me for this post with a gift card and box of goodies. As always, my opinions are my own.